Our Curriculum

“4. We want to transform the life-chances of our children by focussing on raising standards, particularly the basic life skills of literacy and numeracy as well as employability skills so that our students have the best possible start in life.”

Part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust Values Statement


We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which enables any student within our academy to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is run over Years 9, 10 and 11, rather than the two years (10 and 11) which were traditionally advocated. This additional year is one of the hallmarks of our curriculum. This, along with the permanent, supernumerary subject specialist directors of English, maths, science, humanities, modern foreign languages, computer science and the arts, who work across all the academies within the OGAT group, are key to helping teachers add the maximum value that we can to a child’s education.

Alongside these important subject specialists, we also deploy specialists in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Attendance: regular attendance is critical to a child’s success.

We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.

To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, up to two non-EBacc subjects can be studied and taken at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and can often be a real turning point in a student’s education. Our highly flexible Key Stage 4 curriculum allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.

There will be the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics, for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy.

Religious Education/SMSC

As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education within the academy’s Life programme. In addition to specific content delivered through the Life programme, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas. Life lessons also promote students’ personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding. For further information on our approach to PSHCE please see the OGAT Sex and Relationships Education Policy on the OGAT website.

British Values

For information about how the academy promotes British values, please click here.

Personalisation through Setting

As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student in the core subjects of English, maths and science by placing each student in a learning group that is appropriate to their ability. Every student will be stretched, challenged and supported through this personalisation of the curriculum.


Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme. Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure.

Years 7 and 8

During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, maths and science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, geography, history, religious education through the Life programme, computer science, technology subjects, a modern foreign language and physical education.

Years 9, 10, and 11

Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English (including English Literature), mathematics and science (which includes physics, chemistry and biology). Students will also study physical education and the Life programme.

During Years 9 to 11, students will study a variety of Guided Pathway courses. These courses will all contribute to the qualifications a student will gain over the course of Key Stage 4. The courses currently being delivered at Key Stage 4 are included in the table below.

Guided Pathways Courses

Year 9,10 & 11 Course Titles
AQA Combined Science Trilogy
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Biology
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Chemistry
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in French
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Geography
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Music
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Physics
AQA Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Spanish
Art and Design (Photography)
Cambridge Nationals ICT Level 1/2 Certificate
IFS Level 2 Certificate in Financial Education (QCF)
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Studies
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science
OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design
OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science
OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Drama
OCR Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Physical Education
Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Business
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Mathematics
Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in Business Studies
VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)
WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Language
WJEC Eduqas Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in English Literature
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A)
WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Retail Business

Post 16

16-19 Study Programme Requirements

All our Post 16 pathways are designed to provide structure and a challenging personalised learning programme. Every student in Years 12 and 13 will study a combination of academic and/or vocational qualifications that are linked to their future plans.

Students who embark on a study programme who do not yet have a grade 4 or higher (C or higher) in mathematics or English will be required to work towards the achievement of these qualifications as part of their programme.

The pathways that students follow will maximise progression opportunities onto the next stage of their education, employment or apprenticeship.


The following qualifications are currently delivered in Years 12 and 13:

For further information about the curriculum please contact David Sim at the Academy.